homemade soynut butter or sunbutter?

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 6:12am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

i'm not sure if soynut butter or sunbutter (the one someone mentioned that is made with sunflower seeds) can be made at home but i was wondering if anyone has any info on that. i know some people make peanut butter that way so i assume there would be some way to make safe alternatives at home. the reason i ask is because i checked in our town today and the only soynut butter that is now available here is all "may contain" and the sunbutter isn't available at all. also, i checked the sunbutter website and, though i would love to order, found it a little excessive that shipping and handling was higher than the actual product (in certain sized orders). i would rather not pay $8 s/h for a $6 order of the sunbutter. maybe one day soon it will come to my area (though i doubt it - we are in small town missouri and it's not a very progressive area to say the least). any idea on how to make either the soy or sunflower based spread at home? joey

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 7:34am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

There has been some other discussion on this and I forget where. I do not think it was here under recipes, but the trick is finding the seeds or roasted soybeans (pumpkin seeds are another option) that you can check on and know they are processed away from PN or TN. I would be thrilled to find a brand and do my own without hydrogenated ils and my own amounts of sugar or no sugar.
You would simply need to grind it up or blend it in the food processor. You might be able to purchase emulsifiers or thickeners to bind it, but could just mix before using if it separates. becca

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 11:36am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

becca: i had forgotten that it would probably be extremely difficult to locate "safe" sunflower seeds in the first place. you are right that that could be tricky. i did find some homemade soy butter and peanut butter (which of course i wouldn't be able to use) recipes today. apparently all you do is put the sunflower or soy or whatever you are using into the food processor and pulse and then add vegetable oil until it's the right consistency. i think one of the recipes mentioned either salt and/or sugar too. i will have to look into locating some non may-contain sunflower seeds before i can even think about attempting the recipe. i hadn't even thought about that. duh...: ) joey

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